Recently I replaced my Vista with Windows Seven build 7077 and pretty happy with it except on how my SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum output. Yeah, I know this is not seven fault but more on creative buggy beta driver.
So, in order to listen my mp3 collection as they was in their prime time, I installed WinXP in my other hard disk and update its driver as usual. I was amazed how good my mp3 sound in xp compare to seven lol but what I am going to share today is not related to xp or normal entertainment mode in x-fi but X-Fi Audio Creation Mode + Clock setting + Bit Match setting + Foobar with Noise Sharpening DSP.
I found out that, my music (mp3) sound much waaaaaaaaaayyyy better in audio creation mode when :
- Clock = 96 kHz
- Bit Match = ON
- and….Foobar + Noise Sharpener
The music sound clearer (voice), warmer and more vivid (instrument). I compared with Entertainment mode (with or without crystalizer) and I notice that some of the instruments that I never heard in Entertainment Mode clearly highlighted in Audio Creation Mode (96 kHz and BitMatch activated).
But, the drawback of BitMatch activated is there are no equalizer and crystalizer. So, I compensate this one with Foobar Noise sharpener plugin and equilizer dsp plugin.
Result : Hours of smile and amazement. (never thought that my mp3 could sound this way).
For those who has X-Fi sound card, you may try to play your music collection from Audion Creation mode and experiment yourself.
Link for Foobar : HERE
Link for Noise Sharpener : HERE
Instruction on how to use Foobar Noise Sharpener.
- Extract the zip file
- Copy foo_dsp_delta.dll and paste it in C:\Program Files\foobar2000\components
- Open Foobar2000 => File => Preference => Playback => DSP Manager and put “Noise Sharpening” on the Active DSP list. Make sure its at the top.
- On Noise Sharpening settings, slide the bar to 50-125%. (Whatever sounds reasonable, I personally use 75 percent)
- Play any audio file and notice the increased clarity. Activate it and deactivate it while its playing over and over to see the difference.
To enjoy the power of x-fi ASIO, download ASIO (for x-fi) plug-in and copy/paste it into foobar component folder.
After that, from Preference –> Playback –> Output (set to either 24bit or 32 bit) and at ASIO virtual device, click Add (Creative ASIO).
Additional Reading :
How to setup foobar theme : http://www.neowin.net/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t576549.html
Another good setup : http://www.overclock.net/3202137-post9.html